It’s been an exciting week in the world of archaeology. A Roman arcade has been discovered in Colchester near the Temple of Claudius. It was known to historians previously, having been built in the city in the wake of its destruction during Boudicca’s revolt in 60-61 AD, but it was while the city was replacing an old tower block that it finally came to light.
And, elsewhere in the world, for this week’s roundup…
The remains from two Roman burial sites may be of individuals from North Africa and Asia, yet another example of the ongoing migratory nature of humans throughout history.
What have the Romans ever done for us? Well, in Northern England, surveyors using systems designed to watch for flooding have discovered Roman roads built during the conquest of the northern part of the island.
First we have Canadians curling an injured animal off the ice (typical), and now we have a badger discovering a Bronze Age burial site near Stonehenge in England.
An in-depth study of ancient silver mines in Greece have brought to light the terrible conditions suffered by those who worked in the mines, most of whom were slaves.
And studies suggest that horses can intuit human emotion as a result of their early domestication.
From the Smithsonian:
Some of the oldest tea ever discovered has been found in the tomb of Han Emperor Jing Di over two thousand years ago.
And, if you’re looking for something to haunt your dreams, try this.
And finally, I’m partial to following the work done at Gezer because I had a peripheral role in collating and preparing the data from one dig season while working at the Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Department at the University of Toronto.